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Western Australia’s Ultimate ‘Wander Out Yonder’ Bucket-List Adventures

Make new memories among the natural beauty of Australia’s most-western state, venturing where only a few have gone before on bucket-list adventures.

From the cosmopolitan allure of Perth to natural phenomena including the Horizontal Falls, white sand beaches, towering timber forests, award-winning vineyards and diving with gentle whale sharks, Western Australia’s diverse landscapes offer a bucket-list adventure around every corner and we’ve rallied up some of our favourites.

Ready to find your bucket-list adventure? Book a not-to-be-missed experience and escape here.  

Purnululu National Park – Bungle Bungle Range flight  

Aerial view of the Bungle Bungle Range, Purnululu National Park.

Experience the trip of a lifetime on a thrilling open-door helicopter flight over Purnululu National Park. Witness 350 –million years of history as you soar over the Bungle Bungle Range, Lake Argyle, the Argyle Diamond Mine and Ord River Irrigation Area.  

One of only 16 UNESCO Natural World Heritage Sites in Australia, the park is spread over 240,000 hectares and includes the spectacular sandstone towers and rock sculptures of the Bungle Bungle Range. Learn more about the Aboriginal connection to the ancient place, how they thrived in such remote wilderness and the traditions that continue to this day.  

If you can fit it in, don’t miss the opportunity to cruise the waters of Lake Argyle, the largest man-made lake in the southern hemisphere – it’s just a 40-minute drive from Kununurra.  

Broome – Cable Beach sunset camel ride

Camels at sunset on Cable Beach, Broome

Gorgeous sunny days, a kaleidoscope of colours, breathtaking natural attractions and epic experiences all come standard in the tropical pearling town of Broome. Here, the list of bucket-list adventures seems never-ending – from riding a camel at sunset along Cable Beach to sailing on one of Australia’s last original pearl luggers, there are new memories to be made every day.  

If you only have time for one adventure in Broome, make it the iconic camel safari. This is an experience to never forget and a chance to take photos you’ll want to share time and time again.  

Esperance – Lucky Bay 

Aerial view of Lucky Bay, Esperance

A beach and nature-lover’s dream, Esperance is blessed with squeaky-clean alabaster beaches, vivid aquamarine waters, dramatic granite outcrops, untouched islands, pristine bush lands and wildflower country. The jewel in Cape Le Grand National Park’s crown is Lucky Bay, Australia’s whitest beach – even the kangaroos can’t resist lounging in the sun here. Look beyond the azure waters to admire the awe-inspiring seascape created by the 110 islands of the Recherche Archipelago beyond. Keep an eye out for migrating whales between July and October. 

With five kilometres of white sand and no crowds to battle, you’re sure to find a patch of paradise to splash in the shallows or cast a line.  

Exmouth – Swim with whale sharks at Ningaloo Reef  

Female swimming with a Whale Shark (Rhincodon typus), Ningaloo Marine Park

Exmouth is one of the few places in the world where you’ll have the chance to get up close and personal with a huge variety of majestic marine life, including awe-inspiring whale sharks. Swim a few metres through some of the clearest water on Earth and you’ll encounter the World Heritage-listed Ningaloo Reef the world’s largest fringing reef. It is here, between March and August each year, that the experience of a lifetime awaits: the opportunity to swim with whale sharks. It’s a true bucket-list adventure made for those willing to take the plunge.  

Exmouth – Trek across the glistening Ningaloo Coast 

Aerial View of Turquoise Bay, Exmouth

Experience the exceptional beauty of Cape Range National Park and the UNESCO World Heritage-listed Ningaloo Coast on a journey that spans millennia. Start at the rugged Cape Range, hiking along canyons and breathtaking rocky gorges carved by ancient river systems, before venturing down to the pristine sands of Turquoise Bay or Ningaloo lagoon for a refreshing swim. Wave hello to unique local wildlife, listen to the sound of the wind in the spinifex grasses or soak up sensational panoramic views of the Ningaloo Coast from ancient wave-cut terraces. For a true bucket-list adventure, opt for a multi-day trek, where you can search for shooting stars as you immerse yourself in the isolated yet incredible landscapes.  

Read more: Australia’s Best Multi-Day Hikes & Where to Stay After

Ready to find your bucket-list adventure? Book a not-to-be-missed experience and escape here.  

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